Summary: Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance.
(1 Kings 17:10-18) "art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance..."
The man of God came to this lady, and she and her son witnessed the power of God.
God had showed Himself strong on her behalf.
Her and her son were at the point of death, but God miraculously delivered them.
But, now it seemed to her that the wrath of God was upon her.
She considers the contrast between the great blessings of God, and the judgement of God.
> Why would God have sent deliverance to her and her son, only to allow tragedy of another kind to come to her.
She wonders if God sent her help only to magnify her sorrow.
> She assumes that it is her sin that has brought this tragedy, and so she asks the prophet...
> If he was sent by God to give her hope, only to crush her with tragedy?
She realizes that her own sin is to blame for what she now experiences.
She does not say: "This is not fair!"
She does not say: "God isn’t right and just in His actions."
> She realizes that her sin makes her worthy of this and much more.
She is not questioning God’s right to judge her.
> She merely asks if the Prophet came to judge her for her sin.
> Did God send you to judge me for my sin?
"ART THOU COME TO CALL
MY SIN INTO REMEMBRANCE?"
I. Does God Judge Our Sin.
A. The believers STANDING is established and changes not.
1. "That which is born of God, sinneth not..."
> "He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified..."
> "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from ALL sin..."
"There is therefore now no condemnation, to them that are in Christ Jesus..."
2. The moment I became a Christian...
> The moment I got saved; born again; washed in the blood; etc...
> At that very moment the Spirit of God came into my heart.
> At that very moment my name was written in the book of life...
> At that very moment I became a citizen of heaven...
> At that very moment my standing with God was settled FOR ALL ETERNITY!
3. I am already perfect in God’s sight (Rom. 3:21-22).
> The righteousness of God has been placed UPON me, by faith in Jesus Christ.
> In the mind of God I am as righteous as Christ!
> I am as saved now as I will ever be, or ever CAN BE!
4. This is the doctrine of imputation that king David talked about (4:1-8).
> God IMPUTES righteousness to my account (v.6).
> My standing with God was settled at salvation and that CAN NEVER CHANGE!
B. However, although my standing is established, MY STATE does change.
1. We are admonished to do those things that PLEASE God...
> [1 Th 4:1] "Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God..."
[Heb 11:5] "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
2. It is possible to be displeasing to God.
[Heb 3:10] "Wherefore I WAS GRIEVED with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways."
> Though my standing with God never changes, my state does change.
> My fellowship and communion with God changes according to my desire and willingness to obey Him.
> I cannot lose my salvation, but I can be chastened by God.
"The Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth."
C. The 3 steps of God’s Chastening:
1. He begins by blessing you (Rom. 2:1-4).
> God may send great blessings to you, when your at your worst state; to bring you to repentance!
> I am often amazed at how God blesses a wayward son.
> Do not confuse that with slackness!
2. He will send strong warning...
> Paul charged Timothy to:
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
> Reprove, rebuke and exhort!
> "Them that sin rebuke before all, that others may fear!"
> "Warn them from me..." God said!
> You ought to thank God for a preacher that will stand and warn you that God will judge sin!
> She is about to lose her son to illness, and she asks the preacher:
> "Art thou come to call my sin into remembrance?"
He may send blessings to bring you to repentance...